Virgin Media zaps ultrafast broadband into electricity pylons

Virgin Media is to zap ultrafast broadband into a Welsh village via electricity pylons

Virgin Media is to zap ultrafast broadband into a Welsh village via electricity poles. It will test the service in the Welsh village of Crumlin, Caerphilly, piggybacking a 50Mb broadband fibre-optic network on to existing electricity pylons.

Although Virgin reckons speeds could hit 50Mbps, as Ofcom revealed today the actual results could be much lower.

The first trial of an aerial fibre-optic network was purpose-built in Woolhampton, Berkshire, earlier this year, but this is the first trial to use pre-existing infrastructure.

We love the idea that sleepy hamlets around the country are blessed with random pockets of advanced technology, like 4G phone connection or independent broadband communes -- in Little Middlington in Polkadotshire, rural Britons are probably zooming around in jetpacks.

Shame they don't have a post office any more.

Image: OrangeSmell

Tags:
Software
About the author

Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

Last-minute gift ideas

Under pressure? These will deliver on time

With plenty of top-notch retailers offering digital gifts, you still have time to salvage your gift-giving reputation.